This audiobook doesn't reflect the vibrancy of its premise that American English, as opposed to other forms, has a freewheeling democratic component that reflects the ease with which it incorporates new words and new usages and embraces confounding complexities. While narrator Erin Bennett has a clear, bright voice, she presents this work as an academic exercise as opposed to an audiobook intended for a general audience. Part of the issue is the author's approach, but it's up to Bennett to make the words accessible. She does pace herself well and vary her pitch, and we can hear every word. In the end, though, Bennett could have done more to engage listeners and make this audiobook more meaningful. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2019]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2018
CD ISBN 9781630155735 $37.99 Eight CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781515937418 $24.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $17.49
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